How to Brine a Turkey

Get the juiciest turkey this Thanksgiving by brining! Say goodbye to dry turkey and hello to a moist and flavorful turkey dinner that everyone will love.


- 1 Tablespoon peppercorns – 2 sprigs thyme – 2 sprigs rosemary – 2 bay leaves – 4 cloves garlic, minced – 3 cups apple cider – 1/2 cup maple syrup – 1/2 cups kosher salt – 1-2 cups ice – turkey


Combine all the ingredients except the ice and turkey in a saucepan. Heat the brine until the salt dissolves.

Pour the brine in a large bowl and add the ice. Refrigerate for at least an hour until it is COMPLETELY cooled.

Never add turkey to hot, warm or room temperature brine!! For food safey make sure the brine is completely cool.

Put the turkey in a heavy brining bag. Pour the brine over top and close the bag tightly. Refrigerate it until time to cook the turkey.

Brining Time Whole Turkey:  12-24 hours Turkey Legs, Thighs or Breast: 2-4 hours

Take the turkey out of the bag and rinse it with cold water. Rinsing it keeps the turkey from being too salty.

The brined turkey is delicious and flavorful! Roast, smoke, air fry, or slow cook for a delicious turkey dinner.